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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sales Tax Amendment Draws Virulent Response in Fergus Falls

Minnesota State Senator Satveer Chaudhary (DFL - Fridley) visited a Ducks Unlimited meeting in Fergus Falls, MN, to promote amending the Minnesota Constitution to increase sales taxes for outdoor/conservation projects.

If you click on the title of this post, you can see the story from the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

The comment thread is precious....

Posted by mnthea (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 1:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I was under the understanding that funds from the Lottery Sales in MN went to wildlife management, as well as the arts. Where are the funds going for the sale of lottery tickets, etc? So now we are suppose to pay more taxes on top of what we are already paying. I enjoy the outdoors as much as anyone, as does my entire family, but I guess I'd like to know what the State is doing with all the funds that were suppose to be alocated from the lottery sales.

Posted by cascade (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 1:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Satveer Chaudhary is the guy that proposed a complete lead shot ban within the state- some sportsman's friend... whatever way they can get more tax dollars I guess.

Posted by rodentboy (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 1:27 p.m.

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Posted by cascade (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 1:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Whats Christ got to do with it?

Posted by doctipster (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 1:49 p.m.

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Posted by doctipster (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 1:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

we are taxed enough. if they want more money do what everyone else has to do. Submit for funding through the budget. If they don't think we need it, then do some fundraising. I don't want to pay for it... im sure others don't either... and we are taxed enough.

Posted by prowler (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 2 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And we are supposed to trust the DNR to wisely use these funds the same way they use the rest of their funding? How many illegal "training" conventions will this buy?

Posted by mmhh (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 2:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There is a reason that this amendment took so long to make it through the Legislature - it's a terrible idea.

If the Governor and Legislature want to make funding for conservation a priority, they have the tools at their disposal to make that happen. Why don't they?

It is an ill-advised misuse of the constitutional amendment process to enshrine a very specific tax policy in the constitution.

Vote no.

Posted by ajohnsonx (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 3:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

One good example of wasting money is the fergus falls prarie wetlands learning center......lets keep putting up buildings on an already scarce plot of land, and teach kids about grass and birds.....I know that may sound a bit ignorant, but that is about as big a waste of money as space exploration..??

Posted by cascade (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 3:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think ignorant sums it up.

Posted by meliflower30 (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 3:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This ammendment is only asking a 3/8ths of one percent increase over the next 25 years. The increase will be so minute yet it will increase the amount to fund the effort in cleaning up Minnesotas lakes, streams, and rivers which tests have recently come back showing that over 40% of all lakes, streams and rivers in Minnesota are in fact polluted. I love the wildlife/outdoors and the ability to fish on our most beautiful lakes in the country! We have a duty here and a great opportunity to ensure that our children and the future generations can continue to enjoy the land and culture here in Minnesota. I urge each of you before making uneducated choices to read up on this ammendment. This could give us the potential to not only preserve and restore our state but our region here in Fergus. Please check out the website at remember that a non vote counts as a no vote! Please read before you vote.

Posted by tajps (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 4:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Prairie Wetlands Center is an AWESOME place and does so much more than teach kids about grass birds - the only thing correct about your statement is that you "sound a bit ignorant"

Posted by ajohnsonx (anonymous) on August 28, 2008 at 4:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)


Please elaborate on your statement, such as......